Fans of the Seattle Seahawks must have thoughts of Matt Hasselbeck dancing in their heads, as their team has signed another former Green Bay Packers quarterback to take over the offense. This time, it’s Matt Flynn, who has agreed to a three-year, $26 million deal.
The move makes Flynn well worth grabbing in the late rounds as a No. 2 fantasy quarterback, but I don’t see him as a potential sleeper in fantasy football. Sure, Flynn looked brilliant in his limited time on the field with the Packers. But the decrease in talent he’ll have in Seattle is substantial, and the offense won’t be as pass-laden. Another thing to keep in mind is that Flynn has thrown 132 career NFL passes, so comparisons to Rob Johnson or Kevin Kolb are well warranted.
I know this next paragraph is going to bring some heat from the Seattle faithful, but the Great Northwest hasn’t been a great spot (from a fantasy perspective) for big names to land. From Deion Branch, Nate Burleson, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Sidney Rice and Zach Miller (to name a few), new Seahawks have floundered in the past few seasons.
OK, I’ll give you Marshawn Lynch last season. But remember, he wasn’t exactly stellar in 2010.
On a positive note, Flynn is a nice upgrade over Tarvaris Jackson and should at least slightly improve the value of players like Rice (if healthy), Doug Baldwin and Golden Tate. But I still doubt that he’ll come in and make a huge statistical (or fantasy) impact in 2012.